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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jan 27, 2009 2:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ...and 'The Jerry' goes to....

Hey BD...I was at that Hampton show, too, and you're right...if you go back and listen to the actual performance that was a pretty lame "Box"...and in fact, the Stephen at the garden in '83 (i was lucky enuff to be there too) would also not fall anywhere in anyone's top 10 (altho' it was significantly better played than the Box at Hampton)....but that's what's so amazing about the Deadhead devotion to the band, it's history, and the shows themselves...that the fan base could know and care that much about the gap between tunes played and to respond so emotionally to just the APPEARANCE of a certain an amazing thing.

To me the Box at Hampton was remarkable for the surprise factor and for what happened as soon as it was over & the set ended...the streams of 'heads clogging the pay phone lines to tell all those "back home" what had just happened.

For sheer crowd unity of freakout/emotion factor, though, I never experienced anything like that Garden Stephen pullout in '83 (it also had the added bonus of the "In and out of the GARDEN he goes" line)....chills for sure.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jan 27, 2009 2:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ...and 'The Jerry' goes to....

grendel - I'm glad I wasn't in the know for the Greek, Friday the July 13th Full Moon Dark Star because the roar that went up when Phil hit those opening notes.... Perhaps my highest single moment at a show. Was standing on the top aisle between grass hill and upper edge of concrete seats (and had run into old, old friend right before encore in bathroom who gave me extra "boost" for the rest of the night). Damn, that was summer of 1984 and I still get chills.... (yea, I'm a pussy).